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Poster: DeadATL Date: Aug 28, 2012 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead.net redesign

What do you think? I thought the previous one was fine.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 28, 2012 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

My browser doesn't even recognize it as a site. It thinks that dead.net is an application and asks me to download it or browse for a program to use to open it.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 29, 2012 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

You guys may need to update your browsers... I think this is in HTML5. It has script fixes for IE8 and 9, but no special detection for old browsers.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Aug 29, 2012 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Good call. It is HTML5 which means that all of the flash type stuff is embedded too, which makes older versions of browsers confused/thinking the site is trying to execute/install script on your machine.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 28, 2012 9:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Same problem for me . WTF ?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 29, 2012 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Make that three...is it cause I run old Google/explorer?

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 29, 2012 7:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

I am a mac safari guy . Strange .

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 29, 2012 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

I'm on Mac Safari also, v5.1.2 - time to update? also update your Flash plug-in.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 29, 2012 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

My old Mac Book was updated to Leopard (10.5.8) a while ago . I have checked my software updates, fine . And I recently updated my Flash .
THis is odd .

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 28, 2012 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

with all the talk of the redesign, anyone notice this little tidbit?

"Someday, both the film and the audio version will come out commercially; it’s just a matter of time. "

http://dead.net/features/blairs-blog/blair-s-golden-road-blog-two-field-trips-10-years-apart

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 29, 2012 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

This is one I've been waiting for for some time. IMHO one of the better performances caught on video. Now, if they want to edit out the Naked Pole Dude, I'd be fine with it. Or at least blur out his junk.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 28, 2012 8:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

It's the visual equivalent of an OK show from maybe '87.

Pro: They've finally fixed the Shows by Year. I hadn't checked lately, but that was out of commission for a long time.

Con: The design. It looks cluttered, generic and kind of old-fashioned, with all the little boxes, the standard-issue navigation bar, and the lack of one visual focus. (Maybe that will improve when the main art isn't a visually cluttered sales pitch.) Also, while the banner art is really nice, it bugs me that it seems partially hidden by the main white space for the text. I do like the frame around the edge, for what that's worth. But the old site had more character.

But I'm happy to have the Shows By Year back on line. Although, actually, the setlists are now in such tiny font. And I don't like how the big long list of "attendees" occupies so much space ... who cares what made-up user names went to those shows? That used to be discretely off to the side, but it got moved a while ago, I think, and I don't get why. It's not as if it has an actual use, and it globs up the space, whereas the comments are actually interesting.

Seems to me that on the whole, for what was undoubtedly a massive redesign that they paid big money for, they could have done better. It's OK, but I don't think it would get into the Cliff 90s.

edit: Holy moly, the set lists have different font depending on the year! Not in a planned way. More in a "whoops" way. And a bunch are missing. Ah well. That's the GOGD for you.



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2012-08-29 03:05:28

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 29, 2012 4:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Retarded, or web challenged to be Politically Correct. A for effort, C for design...

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 28, 2012 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

" I thought the previous one was fine. '

I agree

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Aug 28, 2012 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

I'm definitely liking the colored/horizontal navigation; it makes me want to explore the site more. I would make the default paragraph/body text just a touch bigger...

I also like how Features is much more prominent now. Blair's blog and the Taper's section stand out like they should.

Pretty good effort, though I am not sure the Grateful Dead font in the header is my favorite...I would probably make the article titles a touch bigger, too.

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Poster: SaintSteveg Date: Aug 29, 2012 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

A web site is like a shark - if you don't keep moving you die. As a web designer who certainly doesn't know it all, I know this - you cannot please everybody, especially those opinionated enough to post on a topic like this. One of the biggest challenges with a content-heavy site like dead.net is making everything easy to navigate right on the front page without being too cluttered, and I think they've done an OK job at that. The esthetics are subjective, but I like it.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2012 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Hey, first post! Are you the designer? If so, I like the frame thing. Welcome :-)

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Poster: SaintSteveg Date: Aug 29, 2012 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Thanks for the welcome, but no I didn't design the dead.net site. Just, as a designer, I guess I tend to be rather forgiving of what the final result is based on knowing all that goes into it.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2012 6:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Including the clients, right? My critique is really about that. I mean, it's not like they handed it to some individual designer guy and then said "OK" later. There had to be tons of meetings.

And then, really, going live with inconsistent font? And the missing set lists for, hmmm, here's a random check, 2/25/66, 10/12/68, 2/11/69 (which has been released, for chrissakes), the Ark shows in April '69 ...

On 4/22/69 there's a note: "Carnival tuning before Doin That Rag." But no set list. Someone in the comments asks in 2009 if anyone has a set list. Someone else POSTS it in 2010. But Deadnet couldn't manage to get a set list on for 3 years? Even during the redesign? That's the kind of thing I find kind of mind-boggling. It's not exactly a small operation, and that's definitely not the fault of the designer ...

Uh, maybe they need interns to load set lists? Heck, outsource it already. I'll volunteer my teenager :-)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 28, 2012 5:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Est. 1967? Had Al Gore invented the internet by then? If they are referring to the band wasn't that a tad earlier than '67?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 28, 2012 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

Ich... I hate it. Fussy, retro... main logo is illegible and looks like a Chevy grill from the 1940s. Silly border around the main content box. Klugey and ugly navigation. Color scheme for rollovers is horrid.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 28, 2012 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead.net redesign

I think it sucks just as bad as the previous one.